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When Is Your AC Problem an Emergency?

two-techs-working-on-ac-unitWhen you’re in the middle of a hot and sweltering summer, the last thing you need is a major problem like a broken-down air conditioner falling in your lap. And a broken AC system definitely counts as a “major problem” with the summer weather we experience. If your air conditioner isn’t providing the level of comfort your home requires, it’s probably time to call us for AC repair in Shreveport, LA.

But how do you know when you have a standard AC repair need on your hands that can wait for normal business hours or a true cooling system emergency? We’ll answer this below! Read on, and whether you need emergency repairs or your service need can wait, be sure to trust our team for your needs.

Troubleshoot First…

When you have a malfunctioning or broken down air conditioner–whether it’s blowing out warm air or stopped running altogether–there are a few things you can do to check and make sure the problem isn’t easily resolvable.

For instance, check to ensure that the air filter is clean–a clogged air filter will restrict airflow and cause your air conditioner to run longer than it should have to in order to do its job. If your air conditioner isn’t running, check and make sure the circuit breaker to your cooling system didn’t trip. You may be able to reset it and resolve the problem right there.

Of course, if your circuit breaker keeps tripping, then it indicates a problem with either your electrical panel or the air conditioner itself.

Now, Determine If It’s an Emergency

Let’s put it this way–it’s always better to assume that your air conditioning problem is urgent and give us a call than wait on it, assuming it’s a repair need that doesn’t need to be addressed right away. This is because if you let a small problem wait, then you could end up allowing it to have a sort of “domino effect” inside the unit as it operates, leading to much bigger and subsequently more expensive repair needs.

Consider How Big of a Problem You Have

If your air conditioner breaks down when temperatures are cooler and the forecast shows that it won’t warm up for a while, then you may be able to wait and schedule a repair during regular business hours. This is especially true if you aren’t going to run the air conditioner during this time.

However, if you hear loud, sudden, or unfamiliar noises, or if your air conditioner really is needed during this time (and let’s face it–it’s summer, so you need your AC!) then it’s worth giving us a call.

Beware These Hidden Emergencies

There are some cooling system issues that might not seem like emergencies, but they are. problems with the air conditioner’s compressor are the main ones to watch for. If your compressor is struggling to start up, or you hear loud noises coming from this unit, you should shut off your air conditioner and call for emergency repairs.

A failed compressor, after all, means the whole AC system will need to be replaced, so catching a problem like this right away is imperative.

It’s time to get in touch with Hall’s Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration for maintenance. Call the doctor of home comfort today.

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